18 days and I'm going to be running an official 5k.  I know it's only 3.1 miles.  I know I've technically already run that far.  But this is the first all-running event I've ever done.  What's more, like so many others out there, at this time last year, if you'd told me I'd be running anything...away from a bear, to the store, around a track...I would have told you you were crazy.  What a difference a book, some discipline, time and the insatiable "what if" curiosity bug can make!  I'm really looking forward to my little run and I'm already setting my sights on the next goal-10k or half here I come!  While I'm on the topic of dreams, I have a crazy idea: I want to compete in the half Ironman in Lawrence, KS in 2013.  It might be a big bite but it's something I've wanted to do forever.  So, as we welcome a hasty Spring and a fast approaching Summer, here's to big dreams and that streak that drives us to get outside and PLAY!

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Comment by Larissa Uredi on April 6, 2012 at 7:13am

Melinda-that would be awesome, I have no idea how one even begins to approach a tri...let alone any of the IM's.  I will keep you posted as things start to fall in place.  I have just begun reading up on training, what's all involved, etc.  It sounds like a lot of fun!  How do people do this stuff and work full-time? hehe.  I come at this whole mess from the opposite side of things: I was a swimmer all through high school, I got into cycling a couple of years ago and now, here I am, breaking into running.


I don't blame you for wanting nothing to do with the road bike-that sounds like a miserable crash!  You remind me of a friend of mine who, while going through a big mess with her knee, decided to come swimming with me.  Poor girl pretty much hated every second of it but she was so desperate to do anything that she came along.  Ultimately, I don't think I'll ever make a swimmer out of her but it got her through the recovery time and she's back to slaying some serious miles.


I'm glad that you're back to doing the same-keep us all posted on your training/progress/pipe dreams!  (c:

Comment by Melinda on April 4, 2012 at 4:37pm

Larissa, that Lawrence half Ironman is an awesome goal. Not crazy at all. I am impressed! Your 5K is part of the journey to your goal. It's not a little thing. Competing takes guts.

It's funny, living in Lawrence and seeing all those tremendously fit athletes descend upon us annually, it is really inspirational. I actually started training for a triathlon about 3 years ago after attending it. I did it out of desperation. I was having so many problems with my knee that I couldn't get my mileage up to run longer distances. I figured that cross-training for sprint triathlons would be a more feasible fitness goal. I just could not get into the training because running is my first love, with swimming is a distant 2nd. The problem: I loathe the road bike, a white hot dislike owed to a bike/car collision that resulted in a dislocated jaw.

Changing my form has allowed me to bump up my mileage again so I'm pretty sure the tris are off MY list but I'd be happy to crew for you if you need it.

Comment by Bobby on April 3, 2012 at 6:58pm
Good luck to you on your first 5k. Thats one you will always remember if you never raced before. Have fun!

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